3 killed as peacekeepers open fire in CAR

2014-05-31 09:41
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (File, AFP)

Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (File, AFP)

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Bangui - Three people were killed in the capital of the Central African Republic on Friday in violence coming just days after a deadly church attack in which 27 people were kidnapped.

The victims were thought to have been killed after peacekeepers opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters.

The deeply impoverished, majority Christian country has been wracked by relentless tit-for-tat attacks between Christian vigilante groups and the mainly Muslim ex-Seleka rebels who seized control in a coup last year, but were forced from power in January.

Burundian troops belonging to the African Union's MISCA peacekeeping force fired on "armed demonstrators" they said tried to "force their way into their base", Colonel Bengone Otsaga, head of MISCA's police force, told AFP.

Two were shot dead and several others injured, some seriously, in the clashes near the centre of the capital Bangui, the Red Cross said.

The third fatality was brought to a hospital operated by aid group Doctors Without Borders, along with five people who were injured in the violence.

Thousands of people gathered across Bangui on Friday calling for the interim government to be removed, and accusing international forces of failing to prevent Wednesday's church attack.

The United Nations has increased the death toll from the assault on the Notre Dame de Fatima church, where some 9 000 displaced people had taken shelter, to 17.


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